Tannenbaum and Schmidt devised their continuum that illustrates a range of potential leadership and management styles.
The Tannenbaum and Schmidt Continuum recognises that the chosen leadership style depends on a variety of factors, including the leader's personality, the perceived qualities of subordinates.
It also allows for "situational" factors such as the need for urgency in leadership and decision-making.
The continuum represents a range of action related to the:
– Degree of authority used by the leader or manager
– Area of freedom available to non-managers
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